When doctors and other types of medical care providers act in ways that are seen as an abuse of their position, they can face serious legal consequences. Recently, six individuals in Michigan, including two doctors, are facing health care fraud charges for their role in a drug operation. According to allegations against them, this group worked together to distribute opioid pills in an amount worth approximately $2.6 million.
Details of an opioid pill operation
According to the prosecution’s case, the two doctors and four other individuals used their roles in three different pain clinics as a way to distribute opioid pills. The indictment states that three of the defendants operated pain management clinics, and they would use recruiters to obtain new patients. These new patients would then see the two doctors via a telemedicine format, through which they would prescribe medication.
The doctors received payment to write prescriptions for opioid pills. They would do this for patients without ever physically examining them, and for those who had no legitimate need for this type of medication. Over the course of their operation, the doctors allegedly distributed over 500,000 dosage units of opioid medication.
Criminal charges and serious penalties
These individuals could face serious repercussions, including extensive time behind bars, for their role in the drug operation. Due to the serious nature of these charges, these defendants will benefit from seeking experienced legal counsel regarding their defense. Each person is guaranteed the presumption of innocence and the right to defend against formally filed charges.